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Volker Hirsch

CHAIR

Volker Hirsch is a technology investor, entrepreneur and advocate for creative & digital tech startups.

He is an entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded a total of 6 companies to date. He is currently co-founder of Blue Beck, a 30-strong mobile development house, the Digital Hive co-working space and non-profit Tech North Advocates as well as the Chairman of Bibblio.

Volker is currently a Venture Partner at Amadeus Capital, working on its early-stage funds. Prior to this, he was an active angel investor and a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading early-stage EdTech investor. He was amongst the first angel investors in companies like Pi-Top, Bibblio, Aula Education, Wonde and Yoto.

Previously, Volker was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, a mobile social gaming platform, which he helped grow from (almost) inception to 450m users at its peak. When the company got acquired by BlackBerry in 2011, he served as BlackBerry’s Global Head of Business Development – Games.

Volker started his career as a corporate lawyer with Luther in Hamburg. He left private practice to work with one of the world’s first mobile technology incubators in 2000 and, over the next ten years, helped launch some of the earliest services and applications in the mobile space, including a mobile fan club for Britney Spears (2002) and Call of Duty 3 for feature phones (2006).

As Chairman, Volker is currently steering the organisations’ strategic development, including the scoping of a new Creative & Digital Impact Fund.